Is it OK To Take a Break From Your Tarot Practice?

Is it OK To Take a Break from Your Tarot Practice?

Like many tarot readers, I’m more than a little obsessed with the 78 cards. Tarot plays a huge role in my life. There aren’t many days that I don’t pick up my cards. Since I read the tarot for myself and for my clients, it’s not only a personal practice but also my profession. And, my home is bursting at the seams with tarot decks.

Still, there have been times during the twenty plus years of working with the cards that I’ve taken breaks. This may also happen to you too. You may find that there are times you don’t feel the pull to pick up your cards and work with them. It’s normal and totally fine.

Modern life is busy. There is nothing wrong with making sure that you are taking care of your responsibilities. Career, family, home, and the people that you care about (and rely on you) are important for living a good life.

You are going to get sick at some point. Or, you might be mentally or spiritually exhausted. Sometimes you just need a break.

While there are tarot practices that can assist with your healing, you should feel no shame if you don’t feel called to use them. Many of us don’t even realize that we are tapped dry until it’s too late. Give yourself the gift of deep rest and being gentle with yourself during these times, there is no need to pressure yourself to use tarot.

There are also times in life when you are inspired to work with something else for a while. That’s ok. Don’t let social media filters or other people opinions make you feel inadequate or like you aren’t being spiritual.

Spiritual Shaming Is Bullshit

People are always going to share the best of themselves and stuff that will get a lot of likes on their Instagram accounts. Pretty pictures and likes aren’t’ what makes you a spiritual person. Spiritual quotes on social media accounts aren’t what makes you a spiritual person. You choose your spiritual practice, however, it looks.

If you choose to work with a different cartomancy system like the Lenormand or Kipper cards, or you pick up the runes for a while, this all adds to your spiritual path and your knowledge about the world and yourself.

At the end of the day, you can bring your spirituality into anything you do (that’s really what’s important). It doesn’t have to fit anyone else’s mould.

Spiritually shaming someone is a shitty thing to do.

If anyone tries to make you feel bad about your current spiritual journey (whether it’s tarot, yoga, witchcraft, or anything else) isn’t worth your time or energy. That’s their shit, not yours. Leave them to their crappy vibes and move forward.

4 Ideas To Help You Get Back Into Tarot After A Break

When you feel you are ready to pick up the cards again it can be helpful to keep it simple and focus on one thing at a time. Here are some ideas for you.

1. Enjoy Your Collection

I love getting my decks out and looking through them once in a while. It is so nice to look through the cards (they are like miniature art galleries after all) and remember some of your favorite decks.

A lot of us are always on the lookout for a new deck but it is just as important to enjoy the ones you have and get reacquainted with old tarot friends.

2. New Tarot Deck Vibes

Working with a new Tarot deck, especially a deck that has different imagery than you are used to, can help jumpstart your intuition and spark learning of new aspects of the Tarot.

3. Find Your Fellow Tarot People

Go to an in-person Tarot meetup in your local city. There are Tarot meetups all over the world and meeting new people that love the tarot is a great way to make friends. It’s also great to talk about the Tarot with a group of people who are into it as much as you are.

4. Join a Tarot Social Media Challenge

There are Tarot social media challenges everywhere online. Instagram has great photo challenges. Youtube has awesome video challenges. There are tons in Facebook Groups.

If you do participate, remember to be gentle with yourself if you don’t complete the challenge or you miss a day or two. Remember give yourself grace, hot stuff!

Self Care And Boundaries are Pillars of Spiritual Practice

Both are just as important as working with your spiritual tools. You are enough. Your tarot practice is enough.

Your work with the Tarot will change and evolve as you do.  You don’t have to use the cards every day. Having a break will allow for new experiences and a renewed perspective which only adds to your tarot practice.

Your decks will always be there for you to come back to if you take a break.

  • Marilyn
    Posted at 09:50h, 23 April Reply

    When I was raising children I wasn’t always able to devote the time to it as I can now as an old crone. (And I call myself that as a badge of honor) I think we evolve throughout the stages of our lives and what each stage brings us.

    I’ve been at it for 43 years, so I guess it’s just become part of my everyday life, like anything else a person becomes committed to during a lifetime of study or practice. It is part of my spiritual identity and not practicing might be equivalent to someone not praying or practicing their faith.

    Tarot is so much a part of my life that even if I am on vacation or I’m ill and am not reading for others, I still have to handle them, or write a blog article, or at least do a collective reading on one of my IG accounts. It has become that much a part of my life. I wish I was lucky enough to have clients every single day, some days are slow but I do remain engaged with my cards, or at least read something tarot related that interests me.

    As an aside, I am grateful to see how acceptable tarot has become in the last thirty years or so. It still raises eyebrows at times in social circles, but it’s wonderful that I’ve been able to come out of the tarot closet and be able to practice the art every day without shame. (Even in the hospital after having brain surgery I pulled my cards out and the nurses and surgeons were very cool about it.)

  • The Mystic Rose Tarot
    Posted at 08:23h, 24 April Reply

    Agreed! Working with and in any spiritual medium can be taxing!

    The last few years I’ve delved deeper into my tarot and spiritual practice, taking breaks when needed.

    How your relationship is with the tarot varies and I find after a decent break returning to my decks feels like reuniting with a trusted friend..

  • Lynda Schumacher
    Posted at 09:55h, 24 April Reply

    I just had almost a month of an ambitious business trip. Hardly touched my cards, even though I had at least 6 decks with me. Today was the first day back at doing readings. It felt great. Both the (sort of) break and the return. It’s a bit like exercising: I find if I give myself a short break it clears out the cobwebs and lots of new vigor and vitality are infused in the process when I start up again.
    Hope you have a blast at RS19 – sending hugs to you and all my Tarot enthusiast.

  • Pip
    Posted at 15:14h, 28 April Reply

    I stumbled across your site and I feel it was a signal to pick up my Tarot cards again. I put them away when the children were tiny as I felt they shouldn’t be exposed to my pagan side. But now, this side of me needs to awaken and I’m sorely tempted by a number of decks, including BoneFire and DeviantArt.

    Thank you for rousing me from my slumber.

    • Ethony
      Posted at 17:58h, 06 May Reply

      I am so glad you have picked them back up. 🙂

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